CSI: South Africa

Published on September 22nd, 2011
CSI: South Africa

A scientist by the name of Ishmael Msiza, from a small village in KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga is giving Sherlock Holmes a run for his money…

South African researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have developed a new fingerprint classification and recognition technique.

Simply put – we may be now able to correctly classify a fingerprint with limited information.

In the old fingerprint recognition system, the templates usually sat in a database. When doing an identification process, thousands of templates had to be sifted through. This slowed down the process.

The structural fingerprint classifier is faster as it breaks down the overall database, into smaller chunks to improve the performance of the fingerprint recognition system.

This fingerprint technique is a world first and yet another reason to be proudly South African.